need a compatible provider in central U.S.
joines at okstate.edu
Fri Dec 7 20:11:07 CET 2007
Richard Reichenbacher wrote:
> Jason Joines wrote:
>> I've been successfully avoiding owning a cell phone for many years
>> but I can't avoid it any longer. I plan to buy the GTA02a5 version of
>> the Neo1973 as soon as it comes out. For the moment I thought I would
>> go ahead and get a plan and whatever freebie phone comes with it.
>> Anyone know of decent carriers what will work with the Neo1973, I
>> guess GSM, in north central Oklahoma in the U.S., particularly at
>> longitude W97.1, latitude N36.1? I've been Googling and reading on
>> the different network types to figure out what GSM is and what the
>> alternatives are and if the Neo will use anything else but I'm mainly
>> more confused than when I started. I am aware of the 850 MHz issue in
>> North America so I hope that's not a show stopper for me.
>> Jason Joines
> If north central Oklahoma is as rural as it sounds, unfortunately your
> chances of being able to use the neo are pretty slim. A very high
> percentage of rural America uses the 850 band, whether it's tmobile or
> at&t/cingular. If the area is more city like, then you might be able to
> get away with using tmobile, as they predominantly use the 1900 band. I
> know there was a map posted a while back of what parts of the country
> use the 850 and what uses the 1900. See if you can find that.
> Good luck,
It is pretty rural but the town I'm in has a population of about
50,000 and is halfway between two cities ( 60 miles to each ) with metro
areas over 1,000,000. Maybe there's decent coverage here.
I found some old news (2003) about tmobile expanding their 1900 GHz
coverage in Oklahoma, Texas and further west. I contacted them to let
'em know I was using the FIC Neo1973 and would buy a plan if they had
enough 1900 GHz coverage. They're supposed to answer in 24 hours or
less so hopefully they'll have good coverage.
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